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Scheduled release date:

June 7, 2011

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

Grasshopper Manufacture

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

When you bring together a team that includes professionals who contributed to Resident Evil, Vanquish, No More Heroes, Killer7, and Silent Hill, you’ve created a superstar cast. And with head honchos Suda51 and Shinji Mikami at the helm, one might assume they can do no wrong. Well, we like to be optimistic when it comes to promising new titles so for now, we’ll stick with that assumption. And when it comes to their latest project, Shadows of the Damned, we zero in on the appealing atmosphere and the interesting emphasis on an explosive love triangle. The developer has already said they’re going for a very particular style: it’s most reminiscent of classic horror films, and they combine that “Evil Dead” influence with more modern freak-outs from the likes of Tarantino. “Grindhouse” was mentioned, for example. Such inspirations are bound to have an impact.

If you’ve been following the released details, you already know we’ll be playing as Garcia Hotspur, a dude who lost his girlfriend and, ala Dante, intends to travel to hell and retrieve her. He apparently has no qualms about making the trip, nor is he all that concerned with the ravaging denizens of the dark; he’s about as cocky as the other Dante (the latter from video game lore, of course) and he calls himself a “slayer of demons.” But his quest won’t be an easy one, especially because Fleming, the oddly-named boss of Hell, seems to like Garcia’s pretty girl. He kinda wants to keep Patricia around…and so, conflict. Lots of it. The good news is that Garcia will have all sorts of weaponry to assist him; this is provided by a friend named Johnson. Johnson isn’t really a person; he’s a former demon who can take many different forms. In one area, he’ll shed more light on the darkness and when encounters are inevitable, he becomes one of three magical weapons: pistol, machine gun, or shotgun.

The gameplay will consist of both third-person shooter elements and some QTEs, which have become standard fare in the action category these days. Also, we hear light and darkness will have a direct impact on how we play; for instance, if darkness envelops enemies, they will become immune to Garcia’s attacks. They can also drain his health. Therefore, it sounds like the first step will be to “fight in the light,” so-to-speak, and find a way to keep the advancing darkness at bay. Believe it or not, this process will actually require quite a bit of puzzle solving, which is a surprise and could give a straightforward game a definite mental twist. At first, it’s just a matter of shooting the sources of the darkness – which we can find, evidently – but solutions to stopping the advancing murk become more complex as time goes on. While the action buffs may not like this, others may welcome this change of pace.

We also like the idea of firing concentrated light beams at foes, which then lets you execute an instant kill. However, it’ll be the rest of the game’s design and storyline that will cause Shadows to sink or swim: in footage we’ve seen thus far, there’s a curvaceous female villain, and plenty of nasty-looking monsters that may require the player to utilize different combat strategies. Provided the pacing remains firm and the control is solid and reliable, it seems difficult to believe that Grasshopper Manufacture’s new game won’t be at least a little entertaining. For our part, our expectations are higher than “a little entertaining;” with that group of developers and creators, we’re anticipating a must-play game. If the style and environment resonates with you (perhaps being a fan of the corny ol’ 80s horror movies), you gotta try it.

Shadows of the Damned tests our mettle on June 7. Yes, we’re aware inFamous 2 is set to release on the same day.

3/14/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

Bonampak
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 9:40:42 PM
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Shinji Mikami is up to his old tricks.

That Paula chick from the game (Garcia's girlfriend) was apparently based on Chloe Moretz:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/ultravioleta/chloe-moretz-paula-shadows-damned.jpg

They pulled the same thing when they based Jill Valentine on a real actress named Julia Voth.

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kraygen
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:11:23 PM
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Not a big horror fan and all the stuff mentioned they are trying to style it around is not stuff I've enjoyed either.

I'll be watching it though as I have a friend who loves this kinda stuff, but never has time to research and thus probably won't even know about this if I don't tell him.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:31:10 PM

Evil Dead good, this game probably not.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:31:42 PM
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I'll keep an eye on it, but I have low expectations for it. Maybe that's good though for a full on multiplat that includes the Wii.

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Oxvial
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:35:44 PM

Me too, but perhaps being on the Wii would be a good news for Move owners and this also end being compatible with the Move.

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Bonampak
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:46:51 PM

Er.... This game is NOT coming out for the Wii.

Its for PS3 and 360 only.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:57:05 PM

It isn't? PSXE had it tagged for Wii in the last article, that's why I assumed it was. Guess that's good news then, super duper multiplats are pretty bland.

Edit: Wii is tagged here too, must be a mistake.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/14/2011 10:57:57 PM

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 3:05:46 AM

Seems it was going to be on the Wii and PC but those were canceled.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 9:49:11 AM

We don't have it tagged; GameTrailers does.

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BikerSaint
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:42:44 PM
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I loved "Darkness" so I've kind of had my eye on this game's same theme style of play.

But.....
Everything that's been said in the video worries me that the original game has been watered-down like a broken sprinkler head, way too much.

I'm kind of smelling another funky 360 chop-down here, so is this one going to be a exclusive or another multi-plat???

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Bonampak
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:54:05 PM

Its coming out for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

I think that the chop-down is really because of who's making it.

If you look closely, the graphical style is similar to the "No More Heroes" games made by Grasshopper Manufacture. Without the cell-shading, that is.

This is their first next-gen game.

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Snaaaake
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 10:56:54 PM
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Looks fun but doesn't look all that groundbreaking.
I so wanna have that music in the announcement trailer.
Wonder if I can download it?

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 1:59:18 AM
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Loved Evil Dead. Ash was all shades of awesome. I really do like the sound of having to take out sources of darkness in order to even the playing field. Gives the game a bit of strategy, but the story seems played-out and corny as hell. Still, it could (should) be a bit of mindless fun. Maybe a late 2011/early 2012 purchase, unless it turns out better than I'm expecting.
Peace.

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___________
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 2:59:52 AM
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cant wait till this comes out!
looks like a good replacement for DMC, now that crapcom have destroyed my poor poor dante.
:(

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 8:40:41 AM

This doesn't even look remotely similar to DMC and we already have a DMC replacement with Bayonetta.

Ironically, creator of Bayonetta also made DMC.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 9:35:11 AM

I love how you talk smack about every AAA title that comes out, and then some bargain bin game from Hell comes out and you think it's going to be GOTY...

I really don't understand you at all....but then again, I don't think there's much to understand.

Have fun with Garcia Hotspur.

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Ricochet
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 5:37:21 AM
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Shinji Mikami, Suda51 & Akira Yamaoka.

You know what most people overlook? Is the fact that SM can make a game on a yearly basis using a small development team like Platinum Games(Vanquish) and now this. To be honest, give Vanquish an extra year for development and it would've become a force to be reckoned with.

I'm really looking forward for this game. It's a Thriller-action game but not survival-horror if I'm right. At least it's not misleading as Dead Space.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 6:03:49 AM

Platinum Games reminds me of Insomniac. They create great games, but with a bit more time, they could make something unparalleled. Oh, but Shinji Mikami is only acting as producer, so to credit him with the development of this title, as you seem to be doing, is questionable.
Peace.

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slugga_status
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 8:00:16 AM
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Not sure about this. Seems as if this game takes elements from too many different games and fuse it into one. The story...is not interesting at all..judging from what we know. I'm sure it'll have a lot of action but right now it seems like a game that's all over the place..

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SvenMD
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 9:38:02 AM

That's what happens when EA tells you to make it appeal to EVERYONE!! It then suddenly appeals to NO ONE!!

I can't wait till we can stop talking about this game, and only talk about inFamous 2.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 9:47:13 AM
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nothing about this game impresses me. the name hotspur just screams douchebag. the trailers for this game look terrible, as well.

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Palpatations911
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:23:35 AM
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I'm really wondering about this game.. I hope we get a Review. I was a little skeptical about the graphics, primarily texture quality only because that usually indicates a budget title, but after watching some gameplay it appears to be very unique, even though it is inspired by some classics. I really hope this one is good because i need something fun to play late at night :)

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